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Sturgis Buffalo Chip | 2020 Safety Measures

  • Sturgis Buffalo Chip | 2020 Safety Measures
Updated: 
Friday, July 31, 2020
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Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. Established in 1981, the venue's high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world's most televised and longest-running independent music festivals.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We like to keep the party rockin' at the Chip! Here are a few of the things we're doing to make sure the Rally rolls on for everyone:

  • Signs will be posted at all entry points and gathering areas reminding guests to remain socially distant, encouraging the use of face coverings and explaining recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • Conspicuously marked hand sanitizer stations will be available to guests throughout the property
  • Masks will be available for purchase at entry points
  • Sneeze guards will separate employees and guests at designated points of sale
  • Buffalo Chip employees will be masked when in close proximity or directly interacting with guests
  • Guests will be required to have a mask with them when they enter the amphitheater
  • Attendants will be stationed at designated restroom and shower facilities to clean toilet and shower stalls after each use
  • The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing will be increased in public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces including, but not limited to, picnic tables, bar tops, chairs, Box Office Reservation check-in counters, flush toilets, portalets, shower sites, ATMs, and all food and beverage locations throughout the campground
     

Is Anything Closed?

Zip the Chip Zipline will not operate in 2020. 

Social Distancing and More

The Buffalo Chip Campground is over 600 acres in size, meaning campers naturally have the opportunity to spread out and be comfortable during any activity throughout their stay. Additionally, capacity at restricted areas will be controlled.

In 2020, concert amphitheater attendees will enjoy "ride-in" spacing and the ability to view the main stage performances on three jumbotrons as well as on multiple large-screen televisions within and surrounding the amphitheater.

An added benefit is that nearly all of the Buffalo Chip Campground's 600 acres are outdoors. All entertainment areas and food court seating are located in open air.

There are over 25 outdoor bars on property that allow guests to order drinks and then enjoy them safely distanced away from others.

Small cabanas at Bikini Beach will allow guests to get out of the sun and stay safely separated from those at neighboring cabanas.

Enjoying Your Black Hills Vacation in 2020

Due to its sprawling natural outdoor layout, all guests will have an opportunity to explore the property and seek out the areas where they feel most comfortable. Concerts and entertainment are free with camping.

At the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, you'll have the option to stay at your campsite or attend the entertainment. You never have to enter the amphitheater, patronize a bar, restaurant, etc. if you choose not to. There is plenty of room to stick with your pod, at your campsites, or leave and go for rides to comfortably social distance.

Those facts and the freedom that comes along with the large amount of open space at the Chip should help guests find comfort with, and make good personal decisions about, their level of social distancing and possible exposure to coronavirus.

Looking to the Future

The Buffalo Chip is looking forward to providing Rally-goers with the opportunity to get out of the house and experience motorcycles, music, freedom and friendship.

Guests will be able to:

  • See the Rally's top entertainment acts perform.
  • Get a look at amazing motorcycles on display during free daily custom bike shows.
  • Explore the works of the industry's celebrity builders at the Buffalo Chip's 11th annual Motorcycles As Art Exhibit, "Heavy Mettle," curated by Michael Lichter.
  • Ride some of the Black Hills' most breathtaking roads alongside celebrities and friends old and new during group rides.
  • Get an adrenaline rush watching multiple days and disciplines of racing.
  • See stunt riders go buck wild on big v-twins in front of celebrity judges during the Bell Brawl Stunt Competition.
  • Pay tribute to the men and women of our military at Freedom Field and the AVTT Memorial Wall.
  • Cheer for the ladies of the International Bikini Team as they compete in nightly rounds of the Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant.
  • Compete in off-the-wall contests for the chance to win valuable prizes.
  • Get their ride serviced or upgraded at the brand new Buffalo Chip Garage.
  • Shop an enormous variety of goods and services from vendors.
  • Enjoy totally original and absolutely scrumptious dishes food vendors and onsite eateries.
     

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